17 August 2018
The 25th edition of Rototom Sunsplash started off by meeting expectations, as much for the public as for the workers. There was an amazing line-up on the Lion Stage with the arrival of some artists making their Rototom debuts and the return of other high level artists.
The band from Kingston, Earth Kry officially opened the Lion Stage after a great night the evening before. Despite their youth, they showed maturity and energy. Their rootsy sound and showed clear influences of their “father” Marley on the very same day that his son Julian played on the Main Stage.
Next up we enjoyed the fantastic mix of sounds and vibrations of Roberto Sánchez’s Lone Ark Showcase; an outstanding musician and producer who presented a trio of top calibre artists. These were the English dub singer Benjammin, who came to present his recent roots reggae album, Shanti Yalah, producer and founder of the Nansa record label, who brought a musical explosion of roots & conscious that was truly exceptional. Inés Pardo continued to raise the level of the show, who interpreted some songs from her new Spanish roots reggae album, which was highly appreciated by those in attendance. The press also had to queue to interview the new Spanish voice about her experience at Rototom and other topics.
The return of Auxili was highly anticipated. The Valencian band provoked an immense reaction. Those who had previously been to see Ben Harper on the Main Stage recieved a great treat. Always developing their style, the 9 musicians didn’t skimp on energy. Having just returned from their tour from Catalunya to Galicia presenting their new album ‘Tresors’, they appeared more mature and well-rounded, and presented a truly intense and adreneline-fuelled show, which was well recieved by the Rototom crowd. Those who came to Benicàssim for the occasion, from all over Valencia, didn’t stop dancing, jumping and having fun for a single second.
Royal Sounds from England are described as modern roots and were in charge of closing the night. Their show was well structures, rich in colours and ragga muffin’ sounds alternated with clear dancehall-roots movements which were appreciated by the audience.As in previous years, they were drawn to the front-row for the end of evening sho and awaited the sunrise to welcome in the second day of the 25th edition of Rototom Sunsplash.
Note: The Lion Stage, staff and artists remembered the immense Aretha Franklin, who died on the first day of the festival. An intro sound and a song in honour of the great artist from Detroit were played and united the hearts of everyone present, showing their appreciation with strong applause. Respect!
Written by Paul Stones, Translation by Càrol Ferré and Finn Darco